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UID Tags & UID Labels

At Metal Marker, we produce UID tags & labels which ensure you meet your requirements.

Unique Identification (UID) and Item Unique Identification (IUID) are systems set in place by the Department of Defense to track and monitor government assets.

A metal barcode tag with unique information embedded is attached to the asset to provide critical information to decision makers.


Traceability is vital for government operations. The Department of Defense (DOD) maintains detailed records of every tool, machine, and part that they use.

The Department of Defense requires UID Tracking codes for assets that meet the following criteria:

  • Acquisition cost for a unit greater than $5,000
  • Serially Managed Items
  • Controlled Inventory
  • Mission Essential Assets

These specifications are provided in greater depth within MIL-STD-130.

We are very familiar with these guidelines and will work with you to ensure your identification tags adhere to the standard.

UID System

The function of the UID system is to create a truly unique identification code for each asset. There are no duplicate or repeat codes. This allows for full accountability of military and government assets.

Uses for IUID tags include:

  • Theft Prevention
  • Asset Tracking
  • Inventory Management
  • Accountability
  • Many More!

By marking equipment with a scannable code, access to information becomes incredibly streamlined. This provides the framework for a wide range of potential applications.


Durability is a major concern for government type applications. Military use can be especially rough. These organizations often expose their equipment to some of the harshest conditions. The accompanying identification solutions which they use must be equally durable.

Processes which use surface level printing will not be sufficient. The topical ink will simply wear or fade from UV exposure.

At Metal Marker, we produce IUID tags with the highly durable photo anodization process.

Photo Anodization

We use photo anodization to produce durable UID tags. This unique process embeds a custom design beneath a protective layer of aluminum for outstanding resistance to wear and corrosion.

The increased durability means these nameplates will last 20+ years outdoors in the harshest environments.


Photo anodized tags are often associated with the UID system as they can include various types of barcodes.

Our UID nameplates can include various barcode types including:

  • Data Matrix Codes
  • QR Codes
  • Linear Barcodes

In addition to barcodes, any human readable information can be included in the design. Logos, serial numbers, and more can be incorporated.


With durability at the forefront of our UID solutions, anodized aluminum is the most common material choice.

It provides an incredibly durable base, and can be adorned with any custom information.

The best part is that aluminum is extremely light, so your nameplates will not add significant bulk or weight to equipment.

Contact Us

Our customer service representatives will help you get the perfect UID solution

They are ready to handle all of your questions and concerns to get you metal UID tags designed to meet MIL-STD-130, and any additional specifications you provide.

Contact us today for your FREE quote on metal UID tags.

Fill out our easy contact form on this page or give us a call at: 1-800-428-0095